Archive for category: Olympique de Marseille

André-Pierre Gignac: Letting the good times roll at Marseille

André-Pierre Gignac: Letting the good times roll at Marseille

“He doesn’t scare me!” was the rallying cry of an unnecessarily defensive André-Pierre Gignac in May when rumours were swirling that fearsome, but respected coach Marcelo Bielsa was about to be handed the reins at a disjointed and down Olympique de Marseille. You can excuse Gignac for again feeling like […]

Olympique de Marseille vs. AS Saint-Etienne: Big Test for Bielsa

Olympique de Marseille vs. AS Saint-Etienne: Big Test for Bielsa

It is a good time to be a Marseille supporter right now. After five consecutive victories – during which the team have scored 16 goals and conceded just one – les Phoceens sit atop the Ligue 1 table after the first seven fixtures. Marseille coach Marcelo Bielsa is about to […]

Five Reasons to Watch Ligue 1: Hello, Goodbye! The Return of Gourcuff

Five Reasons to Watch Ligue 1: Hello, Goodbye! The Return of Gourcuff

Hello, Goodbye. Friday night sees Lyon host Monaco in a game about the return and departure of key players.  Both teams have had shaky starts to the season with les Gones winless since their opening week victory over Rennes.  As has been well documented, injuries have played a part in […]

Preview: Evian to pour water on Marseille’s bubbling volcano Marcelo Bielsa

Preview: Evian to pour water on Marseille’s bubbling volcano Marcelo Bielsa

Just when you think that everything is rosy at Marseille something happens that destroys the peace and tranquillity and turns the club back into the simmering cauldron that it was at the start of the season. After back to back victories it looked as if Marcelo Bielsa and Marseille were […]

Monaco’s problems are opening up the door for a Champions League race

Monaco’s problems are opening up the door for a Champions League race

During pre-season, the chatter concerning the upper echelons of Ligue 1 quickly coalesced into a firm consensus: PSG would win the league at a canter, Monaco would be a comfortable second and Marseille or Lille would probably grab third. PSG are still certain to end the season on top, but […]

Five reasons to watch Ligue 1: Bottom three surprise?

Five reasons to watch Ligue 1: Bottom three surprise?

Three teams to get off the mark Whilst many may have predicted that come week three, both Lens and Evian would have failed to get off the mark, I doubt many, if any, would have guessed that Monaco would also be part of that club.  After a home loss to Lorient […]

Five reasons to watch Ligue 1: Return of the Mak

Five reasons to watch Ligue 1: Return of the Mak

Every week FFW will bring you Five reasons to watch Ligue 1 this weekend. Return of the Mak The early game on Saturday afternoon sees new Bastia manager Claude  Makelele return to Paris to take on champions PSG. When Makelele left Chelsea in 2008 he joined PSG and played with […]

Bureaucracy Round-Up – Winners and Luzenac

Bureaucracy Round-Up – Winners and Luzenac

Following a summer that much of French football spent busy with tribunal hearings rather than transfer dealings, three lengthy administrative sagas look – look – to have been sorted out. We’d say ‘and not a moment too soon’ but things actually kicked off last week, causing something of a headache for Steve […]